Fr. Donald Murray

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Ordained: 1945
Status: Settled

Diocese: Diocese of Rapid City SD

Suit filed in 1995 by Rev. Tom Economus, President of LINKUP, and his brother. It alleged Murray abused both at Sky Ranch for Boys in the 1970s. Murray would take boys with him on fundraising trips, provide alcohol and abuse them and other residents. Murray and one youth died in a 1975 plane crash. Murray was legally drunk and lost control of the plane, per FAA representative. Suit alleged Sky Ranch officials knew of alcoholism and sexual abuse and told boys not to talk of it. Suit was settled in 8/97. More suits filed in 3/02 and 11/04. On diocese’s list in 3/19.

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